K: Weather & Climate

Talking Science Through Texts > Kindergarten > Weather and Climate

Driving Question: What is the weather like today and how is it different from yesterday?

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Kindergarten Crosscutting Concepts

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Patterns in the natural and human designed world can be observed and used as evidence.

Caues and Effect

Cause and Effect

Events have causes that generate observable patterns.

Systems Model

Systems Model

Systems in the natural and designed world have parts that work together.

Talking Science: Crosscutting Concepts to Support Comprehension

Crosscutting concepts have application across all domains of science. As such, they are a way of linking the different domains of science. They include patterns; cause and effect; scale, proportion, and quantity; systems and system models; energy and matter; structure and function; and stability and change. The Framework emphasizes that these concepts need to be made explicit for students because they provide an organizational schema for interrelating knowledge from various science fields into a coherent and scientifically based view of the world.

Suggested Read Aloud Texts

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Newton and Me

Sun Bread

The Little Snowplow

Over and Under the Pond

This book can also be used for Ecosystems.

The Little Snowplow

What Will the Weather Be?

Newton and Me

Summer Sun Risin'

The Little Snowplow

Light Helps Me See

Talking Science: Formative Assessment Probes

Extend the discussion of these books using the suggested prompts from the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science Series from Page Keeley and NSTA.

  • K-ESS2-1
    • Weather Predictors (USI E&ES, 2016)
    • Coldest Winter Ever! (USI E&ES, 2016)
  • K-ESS3-2
    • Not Available
  • K-PS3-1
    • The Mitten Problem (USI V1, 2005, 2019) p. 107
  • K-PS3-2
    • Not Addressed

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